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Abstract

The possibility of obtaining fusion reactions in deuterated metals at room temperature is considered. The low-energy, theoretical behaviour of the fusion cross-sections (in particular for the D-D reaction) in vacuum is reviewed. The effect of the electrostatic screening of the nuclei due to the conduction electrons of the metal is discussed and shown to be insufficient to account for the experimental findings. In relation to mechanisms capable of concentrating energy on deuterons, the probability of a fast deuteron reaction slowing down in a D-metal system is computed, and an upper limit of the time integrated neutron emission is derived.

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Authors: ATZENI S, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);BRIGUGLIO S, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);ROMANELLI F, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: RT/FUS/89/10 EN (1989) 32 pp.
Availability: Available from Servizio Studi e Documentazione, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, C.P.65-00044 Frascati, Roma (IT)
Record Number: 199011304 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en